The Lewes Historical Society announced this week that it will host Margaret Anderson Rosenfeld for its Museum Speaker Series on March 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. Rosenfeld, the daughter-in-law of Stanley Rosenfeld, will be speaking on the collection of maritime photographs taken by Morris and Stanley Rosenfeld.
Margaret Rosenfeld’s presentation, “On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection,” will explore the evolving roles of women as seen through the lens of the camera. Photographs from the last century inspired Rosenfeld to utilize her background in sociology and reflect on 20th century America. In her book based on the collection, she weaves a narrative of women’s involvement in the yachting world, documenting their lives as workers, caregivers and sportswomen.
The Rosenfeld Collection is a collection of photographs taken by Morris and Stanley Rosenfeld, who focused on the maritime experience in America for 100 years. The collection, acquired in 1984 by Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn., includes close to a million images and is one of the largest archives of maritime photographs in the United States.
Rosenfeld’s exhibit, based on the collection, is on display in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Steamboat Building in St. Michael’s, Md., until the first week of April.
Margaret Andersen Rosenfeld is the Edward F. & Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware. She is the author of several academic books, including her forthcoming book, “Getting Smart about Race: An American Conversation,” as well as others, including “Race in Society: The Enduring American Dilemma,” “Thinking about Women; Race, Class and Gender” and “Living Art: The Life of African American Art Collector Paul Jones.” Rosenfeld resides in nearby Maryland with her husband, Richard.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center at the Lewes History Museum, located at 101 Adams Ave, Lewes. Each month, the Lewes Historical Society presents a different speaker on various subjects. Those events are free and do not require a reservation.